BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Bills
receiver Cole Beasley
says he will not get vaccinated against COVID-19
and will not follow NFL
and NFLPA rules requiring unvaccinated players to avoid contact with people
Beasley confirmed Friday that he is not vaccinated and will "live my one life like I want to regardless," in response to criticism of his stance on social media
over the last 24 hours.
“I will be outside doing what I do. If your (sic) scared of me, steer clear, or get vaccinated... I may die of covid, but I'd rather die actually living,” he tweeted.
“I'm not going to take meds for a broken leg; I'd rather take my chances with Covid and build up my immunity that way...I'll play for free this year to live life the way I've lived it since day one; if forced to retire, so be it.”
— Cole Beasley (@Bease11) June 18, 2021 pic.twitter.com/XjQicdvnKm
Beasley stated that many players agree with him, but many are not established veterans
, and the 32-year-old, who is in his tenth season, wishes to represent those players.
Beasley tweeted that he had spoken with the players' union
since ripping them on their league agreement. The new policy applies to training camp and the preseason, restricting unvaccinated players while allowing vaccinated players to return to near normalcy, which led Beasley to believe that the union was not representing all of the players.
Beasley confirmed The Athletic's report that the NFLPA had reached out to him earlier in the day and reached an agreement on certain aspects of the policy via Twitter on Friday morning.
Vaccinated players will no longer be required to wear masks
at the team's facility or during team travel
, will have no travel restrictions, will be able to use the sauna/steam room and weight room without capacity restrictions, and will be able to interact with vaccinated friends
during team travel.
Unvaccinated players will be required to test for COVID-19 on a daily basis and must wear masks in team facilities and during travel; they will also be prohibited from using sauna/steam rooms, are subject to weight room capacity limits, and may not leave the team hotel to eat or interact with anyone other than the team traveling party during travel.
Cole's main concern is the disparity in protocols following high-risk COVID-19 exposure between those who have been vaccinated and those who have not.
Unvaccinated players will be required to quarantine following high-risk exposure, whereas vaccinated players will not. Beasley is in his third season with the Bills, and he had a career-high 82 catches for 967 yards in 2020. He has two years and roughly $11.9 million remaining on his contract.